COVID Policies & Procedures

Covid Liability Waiver and Indemnification:
By registering for a class with MacGuffin Theatre & Film Company, all registrants are agreeing that participation in the aforementioned is voluntary, assume the risk associated with exposure to Covid-19 by participation in a public gathering, and agree to waive any and all liability against MacGuffin Theatre and any host Location, and any of the owners, officers, directors, managers, and employees, or other representatives of such entities for exposure to Covid-19.

All COVID guidelines are subject to change as the situation evolves. Any major changes will be communicated to enrolled families immediately and subsequently be updated here.

As per national and local guidelines, we are allowed to resume services indoors currently. As a cross section for a variety of schools and communities, MacGuffin will be diligent in its responsibility of maintaining the safest community and environment possible for our students and instructors. For the Fall Session of classes:

  1. All students and instructors will be masked for classes and should mask upon entering the building.
  2. Class/rehearsal sizes will be limited.
  3. Class spaces will be equipped with air filters.
  4. Students will maintain a distance of at least 4 feet.
  5. Parents should only enter the building if absolutely necessary and must be masked at all times.
  6. Students should not arrive more than five minutes before the start of their class to keep the lobby, backstage, hallways, and Green Room from overcrowding.

HEALTH PRE-SCREENINGS
Parents/Guardians/Caregivers are required to pre-screen their children before coming to class.

  1. Do you, your child, or anyone in your household have either cough or shortness of breath? If YES to either, do not come to class.
  2. Do you, your child, or anyone in your household have any of the following? Fever, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, headache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion/runny nose, new loss of taste or smell. If YES to TWO (2) or more, do not come to class.
  3. Have you, your child, or anyone in your household been exposed to anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days? If YES, do not come to class.  Please contact your medical provider to discuss the best course of action for your family.

MASK WEARING
Our teachers have ALL been vaccinated and will wear masks at all times in communal spaces with students. All students must be masked for their classes and should mask upon entering the building. Masks should fit properly—covering the nose, mouth, and chin without constant need for adjustment.

HAND HYGIENE
Hand sanitizer use is highly encouraged by all participants and will be available.

PROPS
Whenever possible, please provide your own props and accessories, including pencils.

REFUNDS
Once our session begins, there are no tuition refunds. In signing up for a session, parents understand that they are securing this slot for their child whether or not they end up attending.

 

Should the city of Philadelphia mandate a return to virtual classes for Publics Schools and/or extracurricular activities, or should the MacGuffin Staff and/or Board of Directors deem a return to virtual classes is in the best interest of our community, MacGuffin classes will resume on Zoom and there will be no refunds for the session.

 

EXPOSURE DEFINITIONS AND PROCEDURES
It is at MacGuffin’s discretion to refuse participation in class or rehearsal should they deem it necessary.

For the purpose of this plan, a Covid exposure, as currently defined by the CDC, is: 

  1. You were within 6 feet of someone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  2. You provided care at home to someone who is sick with Covid-19.
  3. You had direct physical contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19. (hugged or kissed them)
  4. You shared eating or drinking utensils with someone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19.
  5. Someone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19 sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Classroom Exposure
If there is a known case of exposure in the hosting location, meaning a person with a confirmed case of Covid-19 has entered the classroom, in addition to the stringent, pre-existing cleaning measures, there will be a terminal clean.

Teacher Exposure
Any MacGuffin teacher who develops symptoms of COVID-like illness (see pre-screening above) will not teach. Depending on the circumstances, either another teacher will substitute the class in-person, the class will be held via Zoom, or the class will be rescheduled at the teacher’s discretion.

Student Exposure
Should your student/s or anyone in your household, have a known direct exposure to someone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19, it is required that you do not come to class and contact Liz immediately at LFredette@MacGuffinTF.com

Notifications and Exposure Plan
Prior to making any significant “doing less” changes (ie: removing masks, etc), MacGuffin will contact enrolled* families.

If a student has a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19, MacGuffin will: 

  1. Call the local Department of Public Health at 215-685-5488 for contact tracing purposes and further instruction. 
  2. Although risk of transmission would be extremely unlikely based upon safety guidelines in place, all attendees in the same pod (see above exposure definition), will be notified and classes will resume via Zoom for this pod for two weeks, after which we will return to in-person classes.  Any classroom attendee who develops symptoms should contact their healthcare provider to request testing.
  3. In accordance with DPH guidance, all Covid-19 positive individuals should remain home until all of the following are true:
  4. At least 14 days since the onset of symptoms AND
  5. Fever-free without fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND
  6. Symptoms are improving AND
  7. A negative COVID test result is confirmed and received

If a teacher has a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19, MacGuffin will:

  1. Call the local Department of Public Health at 215-685-5488 for contact tracing purposes and further instruction.
  2. Although risk of transmission would be extremely unlikely based upon safety guidelines in place, all attendees (see above exposure definition), will be notified and classes will resume via Zoom for two weeks, after which we will return to in-person classes.  Any classroom attendee who develops symptoms should contact their healthcare provider to request testing.
  3. In accordance with DPH guidance, all Covid-19 positive individuals should remain home until all of the following are true
  4. At least 14 days since the onset of symptoms AND
  5. Fever-free without fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND
  6. Symptoms are improving AND
  7. A negative COVID test result is confirmed and received

 

*enrolled – students registered for classes, MacGuffin troupe members, or cast of any production in rehearsal